Dale Watson's Ameripolitan Caravan with Celine Lee & Jake Penrod
Fri · September 22, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
The Southgate House Revival-Sanctuary
$15.00 - $18.00
This event is 18 and over
"Ameripolitan Music is original music with Prominent roots influence, and this tour is the first Ameripolitan Cavalcade Caravan. The tour will feature Dale Watson and His Lonestars and two prime examples of the genre - winner of 2017 Ameripolitan Honky Male Vocalist Jake Penrod and Rockabilly artist Celine Lee. Both are supporting their newly released albums. This show is not to be missed. Ameripolitan Music, all night long!"https://www.southgatehouse.com/event/1536891/
Album highlights include “Jonesin’ For Jones,” a love song to the music of the legendary George Jones, “A Day At A Time,” about “getting by by barely getting by;” “Call Me Insane,” the album’s moody title track; “Bug Ya For Love,” a fun warning to all the single ladies, and “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies.” (Yes, it is an answer song to the Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson hit.) “Crocodile Tears” is a tear-in-your-beer country song that sounds like an instant classic and “Burden Of The Cross” reveals Watson’s serious side.
Call Me Insane was recorded in Austin by Watson and his ace touring band, “His Lone Stars”: Don Pawlak (pedal steel), Mike Bernal (drums & percussion), and Chris Crepps (upright bass & background vocals). Dale plays electric guitar throughout and Lloyd Maines added acoustic guitar. They were joined in the studio by Danny Levin on piano and the Honky Tonk Horns: Jon Blondell (trombone), Joey Colarusso (saxophone), and Ricky White (trumpet).
“Having known Lloyd over 20 years and worked with him as a musician, I knew he was a great guy and picker," Watson says. "But having Lloyd produce your record is like letting your mom in your kitchen. You know you’re gonna like what comes out and it's amazing how such basic ingredients can be made even better. He is an artists' artist.
The admiration is mutual. "I've been a Dale Watson fan since I played steel guitar on some of his early records," Maines says of the sessions. "My early musical influences are the same as Dale's. We both grew up playing real country music. Dale is one of a very short list of today's artists who still keeps it real country. I'm honored that he asked me to produce his new record. I think he knew that I would maintain the integrity of his passion for the music."
Dubbed "the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin', Lone Star beer drinkin', honky-tonk hellraiser" by The Austin Chronicle, Watson sat in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) from SXSW 2015. He also emceed the first ever SXSW “Ameripolitan” showcase featuring the best of Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music.
Since the release of El Rancho Azul in 2013, Watson’s profile has risen considerably via appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), Austin City Limits and The Sun Sessions(PBS) and as a guest on NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me. A veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer, he is on the road more than 300 days a year. He also put his money where his heart is and took over ownership of two struggling Texas honky-tonks, the Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin (home of Chicken $#!+ Bingo) and The Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwigs (outside San Antonio). If not on the road, he and His Lone Stars perform at one of them each Sunday.
Dale has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand of American roots “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary status. He is a country music maverick, a true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.
"I'm one of Dale's biggest fans" - Willie Nelson
Growing up being influenced by such music there was little surprise when she started her first band, Celine and the Hellbillies, the rebellious streak no doubt inspired by her Punk Rock music-loving parents. Feeling a change of atmosphere and familiarity would help her singing career , she moved to the Big Apple. It was there she starting singing with a few local Rockabilly bands and getting to know the big city's many great artists, and some national touring artists. One meeting was with Texas honky-tonker Dale Watson.
“A friend told me that Dale Watson was playing in town and we went to the show. I got to chat with him about being a singer and appreciating his music” , said Celine. “ But the real surprise came weeks later when in a Facebook message I was contacted by Dale’s record label and asked for permission to use a photo that I posted on my Facebook page! It was a candid shot taken by a friend from when I was a hostess at the Playboy Club. I was always the bad bunny at the club and doing what I wasn’t supposed to do: drinking Champagne out of the bottle, having small rips in my pantyhose. And when that photo was taken, I had just gotten a warning and I one finger saluted, but jokingly, that’s why I’m smiling in it. A girlfriend happened to take a pic of it.”
That picture would later lead to a 45rpm 6-song EP released by Dale Watson that would contain 4 co-writes by Celine. “ I saw that pic and it struck me it had to be an album cover. It was devilish and angelic at the same time. The problem was I didn’t have an album to put it on, so when we got her permission to use the picture I called her up and asked if she would help write the songs for it,” laughed Dale Watson from his Austin,Texas home. “It took some time because she lived in New York and me, here in Austin. It was the first time I wrote songs via text messages. It worked great!”
The songs she co-wrote eventually were re-recorded for Celine Lee’s debut self-titled album. In total, she has co-written 8 of the 10 songs on the album. With a mixture of her earliest influences , Wanda Jackson and Peggy Lee , Celine Lee has burst on the US and European scene with a string of successful tours. Her gutteral growl and genuine firecracker stage presence is making audiences smile and cheer for more of this generation's Miss Atomic Bombshell, Celine Lee.
Jake is a Country Music traditionalist who believes moving forward doesn't necessarily mean leaving the past behind. "There were a lot of great ones before me," he says. "There's still a lot you can do with what they started. These new guys; they're creating something new and different, and that's great, but we can't forget where we came from. If Country Music is going to carry on, you have to keep the roots alive." Jake was named 2017 Honky Tonk Male Artist of the Year for the annual Ameripolitan Music Awards in Austin,TX (ameripolitan.com). In 2016 he was awarded the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award for Pure Country Male Vocalist of the Year for 2015.
Decked out in a suit and tie, and crowned with his signature Stetson, the six-foot Texan even looks like a flashback to Country Music's heyday. He gives credit to fellow Texan Ernest Tubb for inspiring his style. "He always looked like a million bucks. His band, too."
Jake Penrod and his Million-Dollar Cowboys can be seen regularly in the dancehalls and honky tonks throughout the state of Texas. His hardcore Honky Tonk band and powerful, Ray-Price-like tenor vocals pierce through the loudest of barrooms and keep dancers on their feet all night. "There's not a lot of downtime in our shows," he says. "These people show up to dance."
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